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Furniss, Grace Livingston. A box of monkeys and other farce-comedies. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1898 (copyright 1891). 16mo (17.5 cm, 6.875"). , 257, [3 (2 adv.)] pp. $75.00
Collection of light-hearted plays, including the titular piece (which had been Furniss's first published work, originally written as a lark), "The Jack Trust," "The Veneered Savage," and "Tulu." American boldness and British manners often clash comically or combine romantically (or both!) in these pieces. This is the second Harper printing, following the first edition of 1891.
The London-born Furniss (1864–1938) was the author of a number of Broadway hits — several of which served as the basis for Hollywood films — as well as the original script for the short film "On with the Dance"; Theatre Magazine published an admiring and very detailed account of Furniss's rise, with much commentary direct from Furniss herself, entitled "The Story of a Successful Woman Playwright" (Vol. VII, pt. 2, pp. 300–04/xii).
Publisher's original light blue cloth, front cover framed in roll of gilt leaves surrounding the title stamped in dark blue and a gilt-stamped comedy mask vignette, spine similarly stamped in gilt and blue; spine and corners rubbed, spine slightly faded, back cover with small patch of discoloration. Sewing loosening slightly towards front of volume, first few leaves starting to separate. A very few scattered spots of staining, with pages overall clean. This is not a reproduction or print-on-demand copy — it is a pleasing late 19th–century copy, from an author deserving of greater modern attention. (38623) Please RESHELVE This.
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